Drawing on a wide range of Chinese and western sources, this book offers in-depth analysis of the complete range of environmental problems facing China today, from the historical, political, economic and cultural root causes, through the successful and unsuccessful efforts which have been made to find solutions, to possible future scenarios and strategies.
'Murray and Cook make it clear that China is increasingly becoming dominant in determining the success or failure of regional, at the very least, and very possibly global efforts to deal with the ecological devastation caused by rapid economic growth … [they] do an excellent job of showing that the battle to change this will be long and hard for the Chinese, as it is for us all.' - Journal of Contemporary Asia
1. China's Environmental Crisis: An Overview Part I. Roots of Crisis 2. Ancient Legacies 3. Politics in Command 4. Market Forces Unleashed 5. Demographic and Consumerist Pressures Part II. Contemporary Issues, Policies and Debates 6. The Sanxia Dam 7. Moving the Waters 8. Ecological Tramplings 9. Environmental Policies Part III. Futures 10. Whither China?: Alternative Environmental Futures